One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That influences the mind; persuasive, attractive.
2That calls up the spirits of the dead.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. From ancient Greek ψυχαγωγικός attractive to the mind, persuasive from ψυχαγωγία winning of the mind, persuasion + -ικός. Compare French psychagogique.
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